Search This Blog

Monday, October 14, 2019

The September 24 2019 Event: Odyssey: Galleon portfolio tasting

The Date and Time: Tuesday September 24 2019  1 – 4 PM
The Event: Odyssey: Galleon portfolio tasting
The Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade, media, private clients
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available in the LCBO system or by private order (PO). The catalogue was a model, with label reproductions, vintage years, CSPC, prices, and listed in table number order.
The Quote/Background: there were some 16 high-end premium wineries to be tasted. This is the fine wine boutique of the Phillippe Dandurand wine agency.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Orellana Malbec 2014 Mendoza $42.95 +178145 Vintages Nov
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 $84.95 Vintages December
-Dom. Nathalie & Gilles Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2016 $51.95  Consignment
-Ca' del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Magnum NV $110 Consignment
-Ca' del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Rose NV $67 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Prologue NV $67 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Page Blanche Brut NV $95 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Anthologie Brut NV $79 Consignment
-Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubin DOCG 2015 $57.95  Consignment
-Podere Castorani Amorino Abruzzo Pecorino Superiore Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 $22.95  Consignment
-Jose Maria da Fonseca J Alentejano 2015 $69.95  PO
-Familla Torres Vardon Kennett Cuvee Esplendor Penedes 2013 $44.95 Consignment
-Familla Tores Sons de Prades Chardonnay Conca de Barbera 2014 $40.95 Consignment
-Trinchero Neyers Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 $114.99 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Chile $19.95 Consignment
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Coletto Malbec 2014 Mendoza $42.95 +482968 Vintages
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 $250; 2017 $300 Consignment
-Joseph Drouhin Nuits St-Georges 2015 $79.95 Consignment
-Goerges Duboeuf Domaine des Preauds Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 $34.95 Consignment
-Ferrari Trento Brut NV $24.95 +352153 Vintages November
-Podere Castorani Scia Chardonnay Fiano Puglia 2017 $13.95 Consignment
-Jose Maria de Fonseca Hexagon White Peninsula de Setubal 2014 $45  PO
-Jose Maria de Fonseca Jose de Sousa Mayor Alentejano 2015 $52 PO
-Araex Grands Rolland & Galarreta Rueda 2016 $24.95  Consignment
-Torres Mas La Plana Penedes 2015 $53 Consignment
-Torres Grans Muralle Conca de Barbera 2015 $125 Consignment
-Marimar Estate Albarino Russian River Valley 2017 $39 Consignment
-Trinchero Ziata Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2016 $54 Consignment
-Trinchero Neyers Vineyards Left Bank Red Napa 2016 $74.99 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve Red 2015 $79.95  Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz La Cumbre Aconcagua Costa 2013 $89.95 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Kai Aconcagua Costa 2013 $149.95 Consignment
The Food: custom designed individual platters of four cheeses and four cold cuts, plus 21 different jars of dips, relishes, pickles, compotes, hummus, and truffled aioli. Breads and dried fruits, nuts.
The Downside: I had to leave early for my next event.
The Upside: a chance to speak with producers (eg, Errazuriz)
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95


Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
Look it up and you'll remember it; screw it up and you'll never forget it.

No comments: